The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain

by G. J. Barker-Benfield
     
 

G. J. Barker-Benfield documents the emergence of the culture of sensibility that transformed British society of the eighteenth century. His account focuses on the rise of new moral and spiritual values and the struggle to redefine the group identities of men and women. Drawing on the full spectrum of eighteenth-century thought from Adam Smith to John Locke, from

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G. J. Barker-Benfield documents the emergence of the culture of sensibility that transformed British society of the eighteenth century. His account focuses on the rise of new moral and spiritual values and the struggle to redefine the group identities of men and women. Drawing on the full spectrum of eighteenth-century thought from Adam Smith to John Locke, from the Earl of Shaftesberry to Dr. George Cheyne, and especially Mary Wollstonecraft, Barker-Benfield offers an innovative and compelling way to understand how Britain entered the modern age.

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Barker-Benfield traces the development of sensibility as a defining concept in literature, religion, politics, economics, education, domestic life, and the social world, and demonstrates that the "cult of sensibility" was at the heart of the culture of middle-class women that emerged in 18th-century Britain. He pays particular attention to Mary Wollstonecraft as the century's most articulate analyst of the feminized culture of sensibility. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780226037141
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
554
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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